HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY TO THE BEANO!
Dennis the Menace, the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx are being celebrated as Britain says happy 70th birthday to the Beano.
The Beano is the last surviving traditional British children's comic. I was a Hotspur and Wizard man (boy) myself, but The Beano was always around and provided a number of laughs. I still enjoy the yearly Beano Annual.
The Beano first appeared on 26 July 1938 and was published weekly. During the Second World War, The Beano and The Dandy (another comic from the D.C. Thompson – one of the major comi publishers) were issued on alternating weeks due to paper and ink rationing. D.C. Thomson's other publications also suffered with the Oor Wullie and The Broons annuals falling victim to paper and ink shortages. Paper and ink supplies were fully restored shortly after the end of hostilities and weekly publication of The Beano and The Dandy soon followed.
As of 2007, over 3000 issues of The Beano have been published. The Beano is currently edited by Alan Digby, who replaced Euan Kerr in summer 2006. Euan Kerr now edits the BeanoMAX, a version of the Beano for older people.
Its iconic characters such as Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, and The Bash Street Kids have become known to generations of British children. Earlier generations will remember other notable characters which have been phased out, such as Lord Snooty and Biffo.